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A vote was taken on the question of exile, and the black pebbles predominated.

These losses are doubtless irreparable so far as the stocks in question are concerned.

Whether it had ever been painted, was a question not easily solved.

Arrived at Calcutta, the question arose: "What shall we do with him?"

After watching Hope for a time in silence, she began to question her.

From that moment on, no Jew dared to question the authority of Moses.

This question was addressed to the lady, who drew back, and made no reply.

To be indifferent to it, or independent of it, was out of the question.

You are going to question me, I suppose, why your sister is not thought of for Mr. Solmes?

You may guess what your father's first question on his return will be.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "philosophical or theological problem;" early 14c. as "utterance meant to elicit an answer or discussion," also as "a difficulty, a doubt," from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question "question, difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture," from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) "a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation," noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere "ask, seek" (see query (v.)).

No question "undoubtedly" is from mid-15c; no questions asked "accountability not required" is from 1879 (especially in newspaper advertisements seeking the return of something lost or stolen). Question mark is from 1849, sometimes also question stop (1862); figurative use is from 1869. To be out of the question (c.1700) is to be not pertinent to the subject, hence "not to be considered."

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